• Major campaign launches to save Devon youth centres

    1st February 2014 | News | Claire
  • Proposals include the loss of around 60 jobs and £970,000 from the budget in the next financial year.

    Having just checked my twitter account I did a double take.  The group has launched its excellent campaign with tremendous speed and creativity!

    Already, there is a trending twitter hashtag – #Devonyouth.  They have designed and tweeted their poster at all local media and they have even launched an online petition, appealing to Devon County Council’s leader, Cllr John Hart to retain the service!

    The campaign has been masterminded by 16 year old UK Youth Parliament East Devon member, George Downs and 18 year old Alfie Weaver, along with their tenacious team.

    Alfie, who is a youth volunteer is also in the process of preparing a podcast about how much youth centres mean to young people.

    Quite rightly, they have also levelled some pretty strong criticism at the government for the appalling cuts it is making to public services.

    Over £100m must be cut from Devon County Council’s budgets before 2017. And this follows a similar amount in the last term.

    Here’s their petition – please support them …. https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/john-hart-protect-our-youth-services-from-budget-cuts

    Hopefully, our MPs will pledge their support too.

    Devon County Council has republished its proposals for the youth service here – http://new.devon.gov.uk/youthreview/

    The consultation period starts on Monday (3 February) and ends on Sunday 27 April.